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'''Structural integrity''' was an [[engineering]] term used to describe something's natural or artificial ability to withstand outside physical forces, such as the [[hull]] of a [[starship]].
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'''Structural integrity''' was an [[engineering]] term used to describe something's natural or artificial ability to withstand outside physical forces.
   
 
While standard architecture uses supports and [[bulkhead]]s to make constructs stronger or more durable, the fantastic stresses presented by combat, [[warp field]]s and [[spatial phenomenon|spatial phenomena]] have caused [[engineer]]s in the [[Federation]] and other [[spaceflight|spacefaring]] [[species]] to use [[force field]]s to hold the shape of a construction together. This was referred to as a [[structural integrity field]].
 
While standard architecture uses supports and [[bulkhead]]s to make constructs stronger or more durable, the fantastic stresses presented by combat, [[warp field]]s and [[spatial phenomenon|spatial phenomena]] have caused [[engineer]]s in the [[Federation]] and other [[spaceflight|spacefaring]] [[species]] to use [[force field]]s to hold the shape of a construction together. This was referred to as a [[structural integrity field]].
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== Failures of structural integrity ==
 
== Failures of structural integrity ==
 
=== Hull stress ===
 
=== Hull stress ===
'''Hull stress''' was a condition where, on a [[starship]], [[space station]] or other installation, the hull encounters a form of stress. This could be caused from a form of pressure pulling against the ship, such as an object pulling against another. Hull stress, if critical enough, can lead to a buckling and eventually a hull breach.
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'''Hull stress''' was a condition where, on a [[starship]], [[space station]] or other installation, the hull encounters a form of stress. This could be caused from a form of pressure pulling against the ship, such as an object pulling against another. Hull stress, if critical enough, can lead to a [[hull breach]].
   
 
When the {{USS|Voyager}} was caught in a [[quantum singularity]] in [[2371]], they found what they thought to be another ship caught further in the singularity. When ''Voyager'' attempted to lock on the ship with a [[tractor beam]], the singularity started to pull the ship in. The ship was put into full reverse [[impulse drive|impulse]], but with the tractor beam still on, this caused hull stress. ({{VOY|Parallax}})
 
When the {{USS|Voyager}} was caught in a [[quantum singularity]] in [[2371]], they found what they thought to be another ship caught further in the singularity. When ''Voyager'' attempted to lock on the ship with a [[tractor beam]], the singularity started to pull the ship in. The ship was put into full reverse [[impulse drive|impulse]], but with the tractor beam still on, this caused hull stress. ({{VOY|Parallax}})
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Microfractures could result from torsional stress damage or from weakening of stress-bearing material by some environmental condition. ({{TNG|Rascals}})
 
Microfractures could result from torsional stress damage or from weakening of stress-bearing material by some environmental condition. ({{TNG|Rascals}})
   
The {{dis|Caretaker|Nacene}}'s [[displacement wave]] which transported the {{USS|Voyager}} from the [[Badlands]] to the [[Delta Quadrant]] caused several microfractures to the ship's [[warp core]]. ({{VOY|Caretaker}})
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The [[Caretaker (Nacene)|Caretaker]]'s [[displacement wave]] which transported the {{USS|Voyager}} from the [[Badlands]] to the [[Delta Quadrant]] caused several microfractures to the ship's [[warp core]]. ({{VOY|Caretaker}})
   
 
[[Duranium]] [[alloy]]s could be vulnerable to certain [[silicon-based parasite]]s, which consumed the material. The weakened duranium could microfracture under stresses that normally would be within tolerances. ({{VOY|The Disease}})
 
[[Duranium]] [[alloy]]s could be vulnerable to certain [[silicon-based parasite]]s, which consumed the material. The weakened duranium could microfracture under stresses that normally would be within tolerances. ({{VOY|The Disease}})
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